THE NOBEL PEACE MUSEUM AND THE FAST FERRY TRIP
16.09.2012 10 °C
OSLO AT THE TOP END OF OSLO FIORD IS HOME TO THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE MUSEUM.
The museum is directly opposite the main wharves where all the visitors to Oslo disembarked in the early 1900's. the main ferry terminals are here for all the many ferries for working people who live in suburbs on the many hills that slope down to the fiord. Around the fiord, everyone has a water view and 99% of the homes visible from the waters are traditional Norwegian design.
Ferry commuters arriving here pass the Museum every which way to get trams, busses, T-banes etc. on their trips to work
The museum has a remarkable display about all the Nobel Peace Prize recipients, their lives, deeds and also the many war torn and oppressed countries where they toiled to improve the lives of their countrymen.
There was a very moving display about Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma who was given her Medal in Oslo on 16 June this year, after being released from prison and house arrest, 21 years after she was awarded the medal in 1991.
Our destination was Drobak, a fishing village situated where the Oslo fiord is its narrowest width between Oslo and the open sea which is another 70 km south of Drobak. There is an island slap bang in the middle of the fiord and the Norwegians had a fort ' Oscarsborg' here since the early 1800's, with only 500metres of water each side, an ideal spot. The day the Germans invaded Norway in WW2 a German battle cruiser tried to pass the fort and was sunk. This delayed the German entry into Oslo and their King and some of the Government Officials were able to escape to England.
Now some photos
A bit more about Drobak, at this point in the fiord the sea water did not freeze much in the winter so it was an ideal spot for a fishing fleet. I think the water currents have something to do with this but the mermaids were OK too!
Nowadays it is a favoured day tripping spot -only about 35 minutes from Oslo by Freeway. Markets here every Sunday and plenty of trendy eateries.
Well that's all for today- hope you like the scenery
Norma and Jack